02 July, 2024

New guidance published on artificial intelligence assisted endoscopy for gastrointestinal cancer

We have published new guidance which supports the use of artificial intelligence assisted endoscopy to detect lower gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.

Lower-gastrointestinal (GI) cancer occurs in the lower digestive tract which can include the colon, rectum, and anus. It can be diagnosed using a procedure called an endoscopy, whereby a long thin tube with a camera inside it is passed into the body allowing an endoscopist to check the organs for signs of cancer. A colonoscopy is a type of endoscopy that examines the whole colon.

AI assisted endoscopy uses a form of AI to assist the endoscopist called ‘computer aided detection (CADe) which is programmed to identify the features of lower-GI cancer and pre-cancerous lesions. During the procedure, the CADe system draws a box around any areas of concern and flags these up to the endoscopist.

According to evidence found in our review, computer aided detection (CADe) can improve detection of adenomas, polyps and sessile serrated lesions compared with standard colonoscopy. The technology is also estimated to be cost effective compared with standard colonoscopy.

To read the guidance in full click here.